Archive for September 5th, 2006

Recipe: Feta Avgo (Egg-Fried Bread)

When I was a kid and living in the mountains, my mother sometimes would cook “feta avgo” for us. Usually this was a snack that families in our village would cook either when they didn’t have fresh bread yet (women would usually make their own bread only twice a week), or because they didn’t have anything else to eat (there were some few such cases for some of us, yes). It is a great little snack to fill up empty bellies when all you have is some old bread and just 1 egg (per person). It works best with white bread but you should consider that it’s a high-energy snack: 250 calories per slice.

For years I haven’t had any egg-fried bread. In fact I think I hadn’t had any since the early ’90s. Sudenly a few weeks ago, I remembered it, and I got a weird craving for it. Like a childhood memory that I wanted back. So I cooked it twice recently and it’s as I remember it. Might take a while for some people to get used to it, but I always liked its fulfilling taste.

Ingredients (for 1)
* 1 egg
* 3 slices of a 2+ days old white bread (or 1+ days old for authentic french bread)
– (Do not use already-sliced “canned” bread, neither use freshly baked bread)
* 1 tbspoon olive oil for each bread slice cooked

Execution
1. Beat the egg in a somewhat large, but deep plate. Add 1-2 tbspoons of water if required in order to beat the egg easier.
2. Cut three slices from the loaf of bread, 1 inch thick each.
3. Add 3 tbspoons of olive oil in a large frying pan and heat it up.
4. Dip both sides of each slice in the egg, for about 1 second per side. Make sure that the egg is equally distributed in the surface of each slice/side.
5. Fry the bread slices until the egg is starting to get golden brown on both sides, usually for about a minute. Serve hot, immediately.

Feta Avgo

Helio browser user agent?

Is anyone using a Helio cellphone? I am trying to get their browser’s user agent to get autodetected on osnews, but there is nowhere such information. I saw a Helio device at Fry’s store on Sunday and its UI was pretty buggy but definitely sweet-looking. It has drop-down menus like normal desktop applications, even if the user interface is softkey-based. Some rumors want Apple working with Helio (though I don’t believe them).

Update: I got the info from Helio’s support. The user agent is:
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0; Google Wireless Transcoder;)
Apparently they are using Google’s proxy to make ALL the requested pages “mobilized”. Which means that all pages, including mobile pages, will look bad on their browser.


Helio’s main menu

Other devices that I am on the look out for their user agents are the Sony Mylo, Archos 604 (with WiFi) and Amp’d cellphones (although I think that these don’t have a browser at all yet). Please email me if you have such a device and send me its user agent (which you can find by visiting www.osnews.com/ua.php with your device’s browser).

Fluffy animals rock!

Aren’t they just incredibly cute? If there is any truth in multiple lives, in my next life I would like to be a free range alpaca. Failing that, a sheep or a llama would also be nice. I am not interested in becoming a human again though. Too complex.